Trio on a Poem of D.H. Lawrence Ibid mvt1
for clarinet, viola and piano (1983).
Each movement relates to the
corresponding stanza of the poem. The
viola haunts the first movement hinting at a remote song by William Byrd
(1543-1623) in which a mother sings to her child - my sweet darling, my
comfort and joy.
Softly in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings And pressing the small, pointed feet of a mother who smiles and sings.